Heidi Welch is the 2013 NH Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching music in NH since 1996, the last 17 years of which have been at Hillsboro-Deering High School where she teaches Band, Chorus, Music Composition, and Guitar as well as American History through Music, Musical Theater Appreciation, and Film Music. An adjunct professor at Keene State College, she teaches educational and music elective courses and has presented workshops in the areas of assessment, music electives, and teacher motivation all over New England.
SPECIAL THANK YOU to our fantastic PHOTOGRAPHER: DEBI RAPSON
Conference Committee with Peter and Maura Geisser
2014 NHAEA FALL CONFERENCE MARTHA RIVES
Integration was the theme of this year’s Fall Conference, and what a rich combination of arts disciplines graced the day! Once again, the conference was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, whose excellent facilities enable all the aspects of the day to happen smoothly- presentations, speakers, meals, workshops and of course, the raffle! NHAEA wants to thank Amanda Abbott and her team at the NHIA, including Bob Gielow, the Instructors, Dierdre Reilly, who led our High School students in a fun workshop day, the Catering Staff, NHIA student volunteers, and Bob Masterton, our ever-patient IT Specialist.
We were honored to have several prestigious speakers join us. 2013 NH Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch was our keynote speaker at breakfast. Heidi, a music educator at Hillborough-Deering HS, took us on a journey through her life. Her theme of ‘The Care and Feeding of the Starfish’ validated us as teachers working every day to save as many starfish as we can, and to know that we may not always know which ones we truly influenced along the way.
We also were so glad to have Peter Geisser and his wife, Maura join us to speak, and present a workshop called “Integrate with the Arts.” Peter is the current VP of the Eastern Region of the National Art Education Association. Peter’s presence re-enforces our role as a state organization tied into the hierarchy of National associations. He was very happy to be part of our event, and stated to the group that New Hampshire is a strong, vibrant organization, definitely getting noticed by the leadership at the NAEA. We are a force in arts education!
It was a pleasure to present the awards at lunchtime to Denise Freeman, this year’s NH Art Educator of the Year, and to Nashua South HS Principal Keith Richard for his contribution inside and outside the profession. Marcia Connors spoke on behalf of Denise, while Mary Ann Swegles presented her award, and Robin Peringer spoke on behalf of her principal.
It was also a pleasure to be serenaded! The hand bells workshop, led by Lisa Rancourt and music educator Kim Whitehead played beautiful, ethereal music as we lined up for lunch, and later, Kim played the piano in the dining room, making for a lovely and festive atmosphere. Music does make a difference! It was uplifting to marry the two arts disciplines this way – 150+ teaching professionals gathered to celebrate and learn from each other. There is now talk of more collaboration between the Music and Art Educators associations!
From all reports, the workshops were terrific, helpful, fun, educational, and so worthwhile! I know the workshop I attended on Gelli Arts printmaking was an inspiration that I will take back to my classroom.
We also heard from Alex Preston, 2014 finalist on American Idol, and now a professional musician. Lisa Rancourt was his art teacher at Mont Vernon Village School. He spoke to us by video, thanking the Arts for continuing to deliver their unique kind of education to all students, and letting us know how personally important the Arts were to him growing up. He encouraged us as educators to keep doing what we do, because with Arts in the schools, so many students will be able to pursue their passions and dreams.
Once again, the food was wonderful (especially the desserts, although I took too many of those!), and there was plenty of it. And the raffle at the end of the day offered a LOT of great prizes, and happy winners. Some examples include: gift certificates- to the NHIA and Maine College of Art Educators Weeks, and to the Currier Center Art program. Also product gifts from Dick Blick, and Gelli Arts; T-shirts, bags, and several books from Davis Publications that came as a donation from the NAEA, and theater tickets to the upcoming ‘Sound of Music’ production at the Silver Center in Plymouth.
All in all, it was a lively, well-attended conference with lots of take-away. Thanks to all of you who participated!
Thanks also to the Conference Committee and NHAEA Board of Directors– this event is BIG, and a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of so successful an endeavor. I encourage any of you who are reading this to think about getting on board and joining the committee in planning next year’s Fall Conference!
16 High School Students Attended our Fall Conference and worked with NHIA Instructor Deirdre Reilly
Last year....... NHAEA 2013 Fall Conference was held on Saturday, October 19th at the New Hampshire Institute of Art Manchester, New Hampshire
Our keynote speaker was Dr. F. Robert Sabol, immediate Past President of the National Art Education Association. Dr. F. Robert Sabol is a Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Program Convener for the Art Education program, and former Chair of the Departmebnt of Art and design at Purdue University. In addition he is currently the immediate Past President of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and a member of the Leadership Team of the National Consortium for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) creating new national curriculum standards for arts education.
Lisa Rancourt-President Elect Martha Rives-Art Educator of the Year Claire Provencher-President
New Hampshire Institute of ART Manchester NH
NHAEA FALL CONFERENCE
Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity! These four foundations of 21st Century Learning were present at the Fall Conference, which took place on October 19th at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. From the workshops that were offered, to our exciting Keynote Speaker, to the chance to connect with other educators in your Region, all four of these crucial steps were covered on a beautiful day in the most beautiful month of our year. Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robert Sabol, gave us a dynamic picture of why the visual arts are so important to a student’s education. Dr. Sabol, most recent Past President of the NAEA, gave us strong validation for what we do every day. He also offered us all the chance to collaborate more fully with the NAEA, our National Art Education Association, by using their resources and knowledge base, receiving support, participating in National and Regional conferences, and getting to know their leadership personally. The workshops got positive reviews from all. They ranged from a highly attended talk about the National Core Arts standards, to presentations about issues in the classroom such as using technology, presenting Art History, connecting to the Common Core, using Community Service projects to engage students, and working with special needs students. Participants were asked to use critical thinking skills to determine how these solutions could work in their classroom. The hands-on workshops allowed us to explore our creativity, and use what we gained to communicate these ideas to students. I saw great workshops being presented on Gelatin Plate Printing, Wire Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Collage, Zentangle, Chinese Brush Painting, and more. I wish I could have participated in every one! Lunchtime brought a fun performance by Linda Peck, who brought Mary Poppins to life. The Art Educator of the Year award was presented by Lisa Rancourt, our President-elect, who gave quite a speech, and I have to say that as the recipient of the award, I was bowled over by her humor and warmth. I feel truly honored by this award, and can’t stress enough how thankful I am of NHAEA for its support. The framed certificate and Lucite sculpture of NH. are beautiful and I will treasure them. They are currently on display at my school. Plus I got a Tiara. During the conference NHAEA members were encouraged to find others in their Region, to meet, brainstorm ideas for regional workshops and meetings, and discuss ways to encourage volunteers to step up to the role of VP. Each member was given a name tag color coded for their Region. Hopefully this will begin the process of increased communication and collaboration among regional members. Finally, we were all treated to a great raffle, where some wonderful prizes were handed out.
I want to thank all those who so generously helped to put on this successful and fun event:
Claire Provencher, who organized the presenters, communicated information to them, compiled workshop choices and kept a record of how many people were signing up for each, as well as putting together the Conference Newsletter. She also communicated with vendors and organized their participation. She and I met with Amanda Abbott, at the NHIA, to coordinate with them. Claire also presented a workshop, and hosted Bob Sabol during the two days he was here. Lori Sweeney, who registered all participants and trouble-shooted problems as they came up. Lori also designed, and provided information for, our Website. Amanda Abbott, of NHIA, and her ‘tech’ crew and student volunteers. Amanda organized all the workshop rooms and studios, communicated with NHIA instructors, hired the catering service, made sure buildings were open on the day of the conference, and helped solve problems all the way through. Catherine O’Brian, who encouraged her Artist –in-Residence artists to present workshops Bob Sabol, who traveled from Indiana to New Hampshire to give us his wisdom, warmth, and support. Lisa Rancourt, who originally asked Bob to be our Keynote Speaker last June. Lisa also helped with processing memberships as they came in with registrations. Thanks to her and Barbara Morrison for their warmth and generosity as they presented my award. Deb Rapson for being our photographer, and a presenter. Marcia Connors for helping put together conference folders, and helping out at the AM registration table on conference day. Katy O’Gorman-Rhodebeck, who met with me to plan our Advocacy presentation and folder materials, and who created the Advocacy flier. Zdzislaw Sikora, who worked with the high school students to provide them with a fun and educational hands-on experience. I have heard from several of their teachers, who say they loved the whole day.
Our Presenters, Vendors, and catering staff who made this conference so successful!
For my part, I met with Claire and Amanda to develop and pursue our plan, wrote presenter descriptions for the Newsletter, brought in student work for centerpieces, created the big NH map with regional colors, and made name tags, as well as helped put together Advocacy materials. Our conference is a big revenue-generator for NHAEA, and is always such a pleasure to plan and put on. PLEASE consider joining the Conference Committee. We would love to have your energy and input. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with our 2014 conference.